Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Swim Pool Bid Has Town Hot and Dry

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Swim Pool Bid Has Town Hot and Dry

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Byline: Adrian Taylor and Amy Formosa

VANESSA Robinson can't imagine life in Mount Morgan without the public swimming pool.

The mother of five says it's worrying that there is no one lined up to run the pool which she says is one of the only good things for kids to enjoy during summer.

"I take the kids to the pool on a hot day; they love it," Vanessa said.

The 34-year-old, who works as a baby photographer at hospitals in Rocky, said aside from the pool and the skate park, there wasn't much to entertain her children in the small town.

But, as things stand, Rockhampton Regional Council is struggling for options as the swimming season approaches.

The only applicant to manage the swimming pool this coming season wanted tens of thousands of dollars a month.

And if the council had accepted the bid it would have burst its budget six times over.

The council is now being forced to consider putting its own staff in as managers as no commercial concern can be found to run the pool.

But Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling told members of the Sports and Recreation Committee that it was essential to solve the problem before the summer.

"It's important we get on the front foot because there are issues in Mount Morgan with kids having nothing to do. …

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